[metapost] MetaPost 1.003 announcement

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Apr 10 15:45:07 CEST 2008

The MetaPost team is happy to announce a new release of MetaPost:

MetaPost 1.003

The sources and a win32 package can be downloaded immediately from


The source package should compile normally on all systems that are
capable of compiling a modern web2c-based TeX distribution.

The win32 package is intended for texlive or a similar web2c-based
installation, and has been tested only with TeXLive 2007. These
executables will *not* work for miktex, sorry.

Of course, we welcome any comments (either good or bad) that you may
have. Simply replying to this message is fine, but see the bottom of
the message for a more formal way to report bugs and feature requests.

What is new in version 1.003:

* Polygonal pens now work better (bug #3 and #7 at supelec.fr).

* When asking for a color part in a picture object, the color models
   now have to match each other, otherwise an error will be reported
   and the return value will be set to a 'black' part.

* The Makefile fragment (metapost.mk) now defines a separate mpost
   target for better integration in TeXLive.

* There was a bug in the internal handling of withprescript and
   withpostscript, resulting in incorrect output when paths using
   such scripts were stored in picture variables.

* A newline was missing from the PostScript output when the
   procset internal variable was set, so the first line of that
   accidentally became a PostScript comment.

* Applicable changes from Knuth's updates for MetaFont 2.718281
   are incorporated.

* Mpto did not play nice with %&<format> verbatimtex lines, it now
   automatically tries to detect comment-lines.

* Dvitomp  1.003 has higher limits for some internal constants like
   the number of allowed fonts in DVI files.

* The manual is improved.

Legal notice / license / bug reports
MetaPost is a system for producing graphics developed by John Hobby
at AT&T, based on Donald Knuth's Metafont.  The MetaPost home page
is http://tug.org/metapost.

MetaPost and related programs are in the public domain.

The MetaPost development project is currently hosted at Supelec,
https://foundry.supelec.fr/projects/metapost; please report bugs and
request enhancements through there if possible. Alternatively, you
can reach us through the <metapost at tug.org> mailing list as well.

Have fun!

Taco Hoekwater, for the MetaPost team, April 10, 2008.

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